New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music Comes to New Jersey
Aired: February 27, 2011
From bluegrass to blues, country to klezmer, music tells the story of America. A nation of immigrants with rich musical traditions, the U.S. has developed an amazing array of musical styles, which are the subject of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, touring New Jersey starting in March 2011. This interactive exhibit uses photographs, recordings, instruments, lyrics, and artist profiles to explore the distinct cultural identities of gospel, country, blues and other forms of roots music as they record the history of the American people and set the foundation for many musical genres appreciated world wide today. In this episode, Rita Moonsammy, folklorist, and Kathy DeAngelo, music director for the New Jersey Folk Festival, explore the significance of music as a marker of ethnic identity, cultural cohesion and New Jersey history. Along the way, DeAngelo plays roots music on the Irish harp and fiddle.
To Learn More Visit:
- New Jersey Council for the Humanities – New Harmonies: Find out more about New Harmonies, including schedule and location information for the exhibit as it travels around the state.
- Museum on Main Street: Read about the New Harmonies exhibit write-up on the Museum on Main Street website.
- The New Jersey Folk Festival – Interested in attending a live performance of roots music in New Jersey. Learn about attending the NJ Folk Festival!